When I first became initiated into Mahikari I’d told my friends: “This is for the rest of my life.” I’d been longing to find a true spiritual path in which to serve God, and thought I had found it. But “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25).
It took many months of intense Bible study to understand this whole traumatic experience. I now know and trust that Jesus is our divine ffresh, will be healed and sealed with His blood. I’d like to share with you the spiritual truths I’ve learned as a result of this experience.
As God Himself said: “My people perish for lack of knowledge”. Hosea 4:6
Spiritual Truth No. 1: The God of Israel (God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) is the ONLY REAL AND LIVING GOD. God became flesh in Jesus Christ and sent the Holy Spirit to be upon the earth to be with us after Jesus ascended to Heaven. This is the Holy Trinity: ONE God that is Father, Son and Holy Ghost. There is no other God besides Him. Mahikari teachings about the existence of many Gods in the spiritual realm (I believe they claim 48?) are false teachings about false gods.
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts; ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God”. Isaiah 44:6
They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. Deuteronomy 32:17
And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. Deuteronomy 12:3
Spiritual Truth No. 2: Because the price of sin is death, God the Father gave up His Son Jesus so that He would take upon Himself our sins and pay for them on the cross. This is why Jesus said, “No one shall come to the Father except through Me”. All men have a sinful nature. Therefore we all need the grace and the blood of Jesus to attain salvation for our souls. The light of Mahikari cannot cleanse our souls of sin (‘spiritual impurities’ in Mahikari language), only Jesus Christ can save our souls. Mahikari is not a path that leads to salvation. Therefore, to be saved, we must accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. Romans 10:9
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. John 14:11
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 1 John 2:23
I and My Father are one. John 10:30
Spiritual Truth No. 3: The Bible is very clear that when we worship other gods (such as god su, the god of Sukyo Mahikari) we sin and are separated from the real God. As a result, we set ourselves OUTSIDE of God’s hedge of protection, and bad things can happen to us. This is what happened to me.
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Deuteronomy 12:30
And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. Judges 2:12
Spiritual Truth No. 4: The Bible is not just any wisdom book. The Bible is the Word of God. The Word of God carries great spiritual power: it “consumes like fire”, “breaks the rock of most stubborn resistance”, and “never returns void – it always prospers in that into which it is sent”. Everything the Bible says is true. And the only way out of any tight corner in our lives – or from any great affliction – is through praying the Word of God. His promises are everlasting.
He sent them His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:20
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power; it is sharper than any two-edged sword…. Hebrews 4:12
Indeed, I have spoken it. I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it. Isaiah 46:11
Then the Lord said to me, You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My Word. Jeremiah 1:13
Spiritual Truth No. 5: The Bible says that we should not bow, kneel or worship at other altars that are not dedicated to the living God. Therefore, Mahikari ancestor altars are sinful in God’s eyes, because they are dedicated to spirits other than Him.
But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves. Exodus 34:13
For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves. 2 Chronicles 14:3
And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images. Isaiah 17:8
Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images. Hosea 10:2
Spiritual Truth No. 6: The Bible is very clear about spirits of the dead. Yes, this is one area of biblical truth that is largely misunderstood, even by many Christians. According to the Bible: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7. When we die, the dust goes back to the dust, and the breath of God returns to Him. Therefore what many people consider being the soul, i.e. the “spiritual component” of a human being, does not live on after the death of that human being. Biblical scripture contradicts many commonly held “false doctrines” about the immortality of the soul, and therefore about ancestor spirits.
If this is so, who then was this spirit that harassed me? And who are the ancestor spirits that Mahikari initiates venerate and lift up altars to? They are demons, because as we have seen the souls of dead people are put to rest and do not “float around”. Demons are fallen angels who followed Satan when he rebelled against God. Demons study our bloodline and take on the form of familiar spirits, spirits of people that we knew. Invoking familiar spirits as certain Mahikari leaders do – like the dojo leader who got me into all this trouble – is an abomination in God’s eyes. It is also extremely dangerous, because no one except Jesus Christ Himself has authority over demons.
Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:31
For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11: 14-15
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. Deuteronomy 18: 10-12
Spiritual Truth No. 7: Sukiunushisama has a number of false teachings about Jesus, teachings that are not confirmed by the Bible, the ONLY authority on Christ Jesus. Sukiunushisama also claims to be the messiah. Any person claiming to be the messiah is an anti-Christ. There is only one Messiah, and that is Jesus.
Little children, it is the last hour. And as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 1 John 2:18
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:11
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1
Spiritual Truth No. 8: Mahikari is a false religion. Metaphorically speaking, the spiritual world is ‘black and white’, good or evil. There are no gray areas. You’re either on the side of the living God Jesus Christ, or you’re against Him. Claiming to be the messiah, Sukuinushisama and his followers are against the living God. Therefore, they’re on the side of the evil one. Their practices are against the law of God. Jesus said “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad’.
Both angels and demons inhabit the spiritual realm. Angels are spirits of light that serve the living God. Demons are fallen angels that followed Satan and obey him. Because Mahikari is not a spiritual path that leads to the real living God, it attracts those evil spirits that are in the spiritual realm. The only goal of demons is to torment, shame and disgrace us. They seek to destroy us mentally, physically and spiritually and they will persist until they reach their goal. During His days on the earth Jesus cast out many demons that were causing mental and physical illness in the people.
The thief (the devil) does not come except to steak, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10
And He cast out the spirits with a word… Matthew 8:15
What should be your next step?
If like me you repent of your wrong choice and come to Jesus, He will joyfully forgive you and translate your soul into the true kingdom of light. He is a compassionate and merciful God. Like the father welcomed back the prodigal son, Jesus will welcome you back and will not remember your sin.
If you are currently involved with Mahikari, I strongly encourage you to return your omitama to the dojo and leave. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Renounce and denounce any ties you may have had with Sukyo Mahikari. Pray and ask the Lord to sever any ties in the spiritual and physical realms that have bound you to Mahikari through financial offerings and donations, through their teachings, through the practice of okiyome, and through wearing omitama. If your prayer is sincere the Lord will totally deliver you. He did it for me, and He’ll do it for you. Find a good Bible-based church in your area where you can study God’s Word and join in worship with other fellow Christians. It’s very important to get baptized for the forgiveness of sins, and to proclaim publicly that you belong to Jesus.
I wish you a wonderful new beginning in Christ!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17